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The Absent One | [Jussi Adler-Olsen]

The Absent One

In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier....
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In The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen introduced Detective Carl Mørck, a deeply flawed, brilliant detective newly assigned to run Department Q, the home of Copenhagen’s coldest cases. The result wasn’t what Mørck - or readers - expected, but by the opening of Adler-Olsen’s shocking, fast-paced follow-up, Mørck is satisfied with the notion of picking up long-cold leads. So he’s naturally intrigued when a closed case lands on his desk: A brother and sister were brutally murdered two decades earlier, and one of the suspects - part of a group of privileged boarding-school students - confessed and was convicted.

But once Mørck reopens the files, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. Looking into the supposedly solved case leads him to Kimmie, a woman living on the streets, stealing to survive. Kimmie has mastered evading the police, but now they aren’t the only ones looking for her. Because Kimmie has secrets that certain influential individuals would kill to keep buried... as well as one of her own that could turn everything on its head.

Every bit as pulse-pounding as the book that launched the series, The Absent One delivers further proof that Jussi Adler-Olsen is one of the world's premier thriller writers.

©2012 Jussi Adler-Olsen (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Kate Saco, ME, United States 03-10-13
    Kate Saco, ME, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2008

    I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.

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    "Incredible Charaters"

    This story was very engrossing. As you learned more about the "bag lady" who truly was one of the bad guys of the story you can't help but root for her to get revenge against the other baddies of the story.

    The main charaters are stong as well and the story was very engrossing.

    I completely enjoyed it and can't wait of another book in the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Keisha 01-29-13
    Keisha 01-29-13
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    "My hgh has come down . . ."

    3.5 stars. Awh, my high from book one in this series has come down. There was no mystery in this one. You knew the culprits from the beginning so it was more a revenge story but just ok not great at all. Looking at reviews from the country of origin this book stumbles but book three picks it all back up so I will definitely try when it's released in the states. It's not bad at all just a let down after reading the near flawless first book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christiana Cupertino, CA, United States 09-25-12
    Christiana Cupertino, CA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2004
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    "kept me listening"
    Would you listen to The Absent One again? Why?

    Yes, the characters were interesting enough that the "mystery" was only half the fun.


    Any additional comments?

    While not an edge of your seat thriller, the characters were engaging and there was just enough of a twist on tried and true formulas to make it fresh.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 01-30-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "I'm totally hooked on Departmenr Q."

    I just gave a brief review of The Purity of Vengeance. In it I referred to a special relationship between the head of the dept, Carl Mork and his sidekick, assistant detective Assad. Mork is seasoned, smart, grouchy, demanding. On the surface Assad acts like and is treated like an intern. He's a wanna be, a guy who makes up titles for himself. He doesn't have the language skills needed and he doesn't understand local sayings. (Such as "go over it with a fine tooth comb.) In short he exasperates his boss while we get to sit back and enjoy the ride.

    This relationship alone makes this book a 4 star listen. So much so, that I really can't remember the ending. To be fair though, I listened to this months ago.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Adam 07-26-14
    Adam 07-26-14
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    "What a difference a reader makes!"

    I listened to the first of the series and found it tedious because the of the ponderous reader. Was glad I gave the second book a try because Adler-Olsen is good writer and it only needed a good reader to bring it to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael P OConnor 06-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator Was SOOO Wrong!!!"
    What disappointed you about The Absent One?

    The narrator, Steven Pacey was absolutely horrible! He took a great book about a rather dark set of characters and an even darker plot line and made it whimsical and goofy. His voice has that very old annoying enunciation and quality of the characters in old Disney movies like Mary Poppins and Chity-Chity-Bang-Bang! Had I not previously listened to The Keeper of The Lost Cause narrated by Erik Davies – and awesomely and wonderfully dark rendition – I would’ve never finished listening.
    I’ll listen to book three but I’ll absolutely pass on book four when it’s available in the US.
    Even the best of books can be undone by one ridiculously miscast reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Absent One?

    When I no longer had to listen to the voice of Steven Pacey!!!!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Absolutely!!!!!!!!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Absent One?

    The scenes related to the Private Detective.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 01-10-14
    John S MA 01-10-14 Member Since 2005

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Now I am hooked on this series."

    Set in Copenhagen, this is another in the great series by Adler Olsen. I read the series slightly out of order and although it was not that bothersome, I would recommend that you do read in order they were written. This was the second of 4 books, with the latest just released a few weeks prior to this review. I purchased the new one but have yet to listen to it. Detective Carl Mork is once again working the cold cases and has new cast of evil characters to contend with. Unlike most detective novels you know who committed the crimes from the beginning, the story is more about finding the evidence to arrest the bad guys.

    I read some negative reviews based on narrator, but had no problems with him. The first three books each have a new narrator, but unless you listen to them back-to-back you probably won't notice. Although like many others I prefer a single narrator for a series. The third and fourth book do share a common one, however.

    If you like this you will like the Jon Nesbo series and of course girl with dragon tattoo series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 12-09-13
    Diane 12-09-13
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    "Complicated at first"

    You need to read/listen to the first book in the series to be able to follow the main characters since, like in any series they develop in relation to one another. I loved this book. It was well read and the plot flowed very nicley.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 02-01-13
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent thriller"

    I found this book to be very entertaining from several aspects. First, it is a really good thriller as well as a good detective book. Second, it provides some insight into the Danish/Swedish culture. Though not the same quality, this book does have similarities to the books by Stieg Larson. Book does provide some sense of humor.

    The story about the abuse, mental anguish and then revenge is very human as well as very touching. There are not many innocent characters in this book, even the victim are not all that innocent which makes this book very interesting.

    Steven Pacey is one of my favorite narrators and he did an excellent job here as well.

    I would recommend this book, and I can’t wait for the next book to arrive on audible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JRM 01-26-13
    JRM 01-26-13 Member Since 2012

    Who needs the mall?

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    "Carl Mørck is the next best thing to Joona Linna"
    What did you love best about The Absent One?

    The plot was spectacular.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Absent One?

    Kimmie's every display of TLC when she was with her most treasured possession.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    He did a very good job making the voices sound different.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me feel sad for Kimmie. I knew full well what she was, but it was largely the fault of the people who'd damaged her throughout her life. A pitiful creature who did AND didn't deserve her fate.


    Any additional comments?

    Really looking forward to the next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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